Vin Diesel has managed to make himself a major player in Hollywood thanks to his successful return to the Fast and Furious franchise, outgoing social media presence and all around charisma that is matched by few in the industry. His latest film, The Last Witch Hunter takes him in a direction fans aren’t used to, but anyone that knows him knows of his passion for Dungeons and Dragons hence this is a world he fits right into, but could this film bring that magical world to life or will it be a bad roll of the dice?
The Last Witch Hunter follows a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful Queen Witch, decimating her followers in the process. In the moment right before her death, the Queen curses him with her own immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Now he is the only one of his kind remaining, and has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones. However, unbeknownst to him, the Queen Witch is resurrected and seeks revenge on her killer causing an epic battle that will determine the survival of the human race. Vin Diesel feels really at home here in this world and is clearly having a blast with this passion project. This is both good and bad for the finished film. As a whole this movie plays up as a great fantasy popcorn flick with sadly not much else to offer. The film features a great cast alongside Diesel including Elijah Wood, Michael Caine, and Rose Leslie but is shackled with a predictable script and some clunky dialogue. Thankfully Diesel’s passion and born for this role performance helps to make it still fun to watch despite the overall issues.
One of the saving graces is the fantasy side of this world. The Queen Witch is a simplistic cool design making for a great villain despite not getting too much to do. The rest of the effects in the movie are decent enough with a couple of them falling flat, but overall still successfully brings this fantastical world to life. This is one of those films that will not work for everyone and will likely be a simple you either enjoy it or don’t but Diesel has done his best to take his passions and combine them in hopes to bring something new to the table. It is far from a perfect film, but what it does it showcase that Diesel is ready to step out of the driver’s seat and get back to taking on a wider variety of roles again.
At the end of the day this is a film that the hardcore Diesel fans will likely go nuts for despite not having the rest of the car crew with him and that is exactly where he should be. In all reality they should have focused this film on the past and allowed Diesel to be the beast of a badass he was in the first part of the film, but was understandable where they were taking the film. The film is clearly looking to set up a franchise, but not sure the numbers it racked up will end up having us take any more trips into this world, but you never know. In addition to the film this release features numerous special features including deleted scenes, commentary, animated short films and featurettes taking you further into this world.
Join the eternal fight when The Last Witch Hunter hits Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand on February 2nd as well as Digital HD available now from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.